Attempting to balance work and life is hard for everyone, but it’s increasingly more difficult during the summer months. With the warmer weather and longer days, there are more opportunities for vacations, trips, and fun. But despite the weather, work still needs to be done. How can you maximize your workday so you can enjoy more time with family and friends this summer? Here are 4 time management tips from this NYC Professional Office Organizer to get you on the right track.
Utilize your calendar and to-do list. Nothing is worse than having to work late unexpectedly because you forgot about an upcoming deadline. Make it a priority to consolidate all tasks on your to-do list and block time in your calendar for them. This includes meetings and phone calls, too. When you can stick closely to your schedule, you won’t miss deadlines or skip any important steps… which means you can get out of work on time!
Maximize your breaks. If you find yourself in an office most of the day during the summer, it can feel a bit gloomy and frustrating. So, take advantage of your periodic breaks; get up, take a walk, and get your body moving. During lunch, try eating outside or leaving the office to grab a quick bite. Taking a break every 30 minutes will improve your productivity as you’ll be more focused.
Practice your prioritizing. This skill is especially essential during the summer months. Keep a running to-do list and review it regularly as priorities will shift. Identify the must do tasks for each week or day and focus on completing these important tasks. Schedule out or delegate the rest so all tasks will be addressed in a timely and efficient way.
Reorganize your week. Think about the routine work and personal tasks that you do in a typical week and see how you can shift those to work for you this summer. If you want to get a head start on a weekend getaway, try scheduling your typical weekend chores and errands for earlier in the week. If you want to take a half day on Fridays, or even come into work later on Mondays, create a summer schedule and shift calls and meetings to another time slot. This way all involved can also enjoy their summer activities. Proactively scheduling is key – stick to a plan and you’ll be able to free up time.
With some preparation, planning, and scheduling, you can maximize your time this summer and enjoy the work/life balance that you crave. For more office organizing and time management strategies, reach out to this NYC Professional Office Organizer.